Monday, 25 December 2017

Most Memorable Winter Pop-up Cinemas London has to Offer

Imagine a Hogwarts-like setting playing your favorite films on a pop-up cinema or a neon electric spectacle to complete a film viewing experience of a lifetime. Treat yourself this Christmas with London’s best winter pop-up cinema complete with cozy blankets and mulled wine. Visit these top winter pop-up cinemas in London that will put your everyday cinema experience to shame:

1.   Winter Film Club at the Electric Theatre in Peckham
A jaw-dropping site to behold – Rooftop Film Club’s Electric Theatre in Peckham features a beautiful chaos of spectacular lighting, lavish velvet curtains, and heart-warming beverages that are sure to complete your neon-inspired viewing experience. The winter film club screening schedules include classics such as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Elf.’ Ticket sales are at £13.

2.   Hackney’s Pop-up Cinema Grotto
Straight from your winter wonderland dreams is the Hackney Showroom – a pop-up film grotto that boasts of a snowy Christmas cinema experience. It has a hidden entrance at the back of wardrobe that’s sure to make it a mysterious adventure for your family. Film showings include ‘Elf’, ‘Love, Actually’, and ‘The Grinch’ with tickets at £20 (£10 for kids aged ten and below).

3.   Film and Fizz with Curzon
Feast your eyes and your tummies with One Aldwych’s pop-up cinema event in London showing some of your favorite holiday films in a private viewing room. More importantly, One Aldwych’s Indigo restaurant offers you a three-course meal! Shows run from December 24 until March 26 next year.

4.   Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden
But of course, a magical Christmas viewing won’t be complete without Backyard Cinema’s Winter Garden Night conveniently located at the Mercato Metropolitano Italian food market that’s sure to overwhelm your senses. Put on some magical wardrobes and traverse a tunnel of winter trees and vines as you reach your beanbag (yes, you get to sit on beanbags!).

Top off your cozy pop-up film viewing with warm blankets and mulled wine as you watch family classics such as ‘Frozen,’ ‘Cinderella’, and ‘Home Alone’. If you get too drunk on wine and Christmas spirits, don’t worry because the best serviced apartments Central London has to offer might be just around the corner. You can head down and visit serviced apartments Covent Garden should you wish to stay the night. The cinema’s open from November 18 to January 6 with standard ticket sales at £16.50 and £9.50 for kids under 12 years of age.

Top 5 Reasons to go to the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House

Nothing beats the city lights in London during holiday seasons especially with the Magical Lantern Festival making its third comeback this year. The festival is a showcase of festive lights and stunning sculptures you only see in your dreams complete with an international street food bazaar, a recreation of a Grand Chinese city and some of the best holiday apartments London. With a variety of activities to choose from, we’ve listed the top 5 reasons why visiting the Magical Lantern Festival this year should be at the top of your list:

1.   Enchanting Lights, Stunning Sculptures
The festival, now on its third year, features the best and brightest lanterns inspired by Chinese New Year festivities. The Christmas-themed lantern festival this year is complete from lantern snowmen, diving dolphins, a giant Santa on a sleigh full of gifts, and the cutest penguins – this year promises to be an experience you’ll never forget.

2.   The Grand Chinese City
At the centerpiece of the festivities is a lantern recreation of an ancient city from the Chinese Song Dynasty era. Relive the ancient times complete with recreated buildings, archways, and pathways alive with stunning lights that puts your Christmas d├ęcor to shame!

3.   Santa’s Grotto
Meet Father Christmas at the Santa’s Grotto where every child’s dream comes true. The Grotto features a Giant Santa with his reindeers that gives away special gifts for every child that visits (£10 per child). Exciting fairground rides also await your kids! 

4.   Street Food Bazaar
After walking through the trail, feast yourself to the street food market and pop-up bar – a farmer’s market where top producers from across the country gather to showcase what they have to offer. Nothing can go wrong with the best food choices imaginable – from Sotomayor & Sons, Breadren, Just Desserts, to the Pergola Point – it’s an irresistible explosion of flavours made available for you!

5.   Accessible Holiday Apartments
If you’re planning for a complete holiday experience for your family, you are in luck as Presidential Serviced Apartments Marylebone is just around the corner! Head down at the Presidential Apartments Marylebone and book one of the best holiday apartments in London surrounded by famous establishments and museums such as Madame Tussauds and the Planetarium. Presidential Apartments are the crowning glory of the best holiday apartments in London that offers you a relaxing stay with contemporary style interior decoration, prestigious musical performances and some of the best sights London has to offer!

Treat yourself and your family this Christmas season with the enchanting illuminations and dazzling hand-sculpted art works at the Chiswick House and Gardens from November 24 to January 2! 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Christmas at Kew Gardens London

There’s no doubt that Kew Gardens is the prettiest place in London this Christmas. West London’s Kew Gardens glow with magical illuminations for the festive period.
Follow the glowing trail of over 1,000,000 twinkling lights, illuminating heritage trees and buildings through the Kew Gardens. 

You can catch a glimpse of Santa and enjoy a vintage fairground trip. So, warm up with a few mulled wine or warm chocolate and toast marshmallows around the fire. Children will love the great range of activities.

So, book a stay at any of the affordable Holiday Apartments London and experience the magic of Kew Gardens at Christmas.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Best Places in London to Go Shopping with Children

Many people find it difficult to have children with them when they go shopping. Kids are likely to find the exercise boring and may whine about the ordeal.
When you go shopping in London, it is a good idea to include in your itinerary some shops which children are likely to find fun and interesting. Many of these shops are a short train or bus ride from most of the serviced apartments Covent Garden.

Hamleys Toy Store
Many tourists refer to Hamleys as one of the greatest toy shops they have ever been to. You can find the toy shop on Regent Street. It has 7 floors filled with amazing games and toys. Your children will be thrilled no end exploring all seven floors.
Hamleys maintains a magical ambiance. Many of the shop assistants are garbed in costumes to add entertainment value. There are toy demonstrations so you can try out the toys before deciding which ones to get for your kids.

Green Baby
If you want eco-friendly stuff for babies and kids, make sure to drop by Green Baby. The shop is the leading store for fair trade, organic, environment-friendly, and natural products. They have a wide selection of accessories, cotton clothing, and underwear for the young ones.

Mystical Fairies
If you have little girls, they will be fascinated by what this shop has to offer. Mystical Fairies has a grand selection of princess and fairy costumes, and accessories like tiaras, wands, and wings.
Your boys will like the shop as well. There are many costumes and accessories for wizards and pirates.

Oh Baby London
You will find this hip store in Brick Lane over at the city’s East End. Hannah McHalick started the shop to provide children’s wear of the irreverent, bold, cool, and eccentric variety. If you prefer cute, unusual, and cool to pretty and pastel, you will be pleased with your finds at Oh Baby London.

Forbidden Planet

If your children are into cult entertainment, fantasy, or science fiction, make sure to take them to Forbidden Planet. The store has the largest collection of the latest graphic novels and comics in the entire United Kingdom. They also have toys, action figures, DVDs, books, and other merchandise that you see on television and movies.

If your kids are into sports, do not fail to bring them over to Niketown. Located on Oxford Street, this popular sports store is the go-to for sports-related merchandise.

All these kid-friendly shops are accessible from any of the serviced apartments Central London.

Exploring Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of Britain’s most popular authors, created Sherlock Holmes, a fictional “consulting detective” recognized for his incredible proficiency in forensic science, observation, deduction, and logical reasoning. The gifted investigator uses these amazing skills to investigate cases for Scotland Yard and other clients. Dr. Watson, Holmes’ biographer and friend, narrates Holmes’ investigations. 

According to the stories, Holmes lives at 221b Baker St. in London.
The stories are so popular that many people see Holmes as a British cultural icon. Holmes’ character is said to have had a profound influence in popular culture and mystery writing.

Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in print in 1887. Today, stories about him continue to be adapted into radio and stage plays, movies, films made for television, and video games.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum now stands at 221b Baker Street – a museum dedicated to portraying how the famous detective lived during his time. The interior of the building is maintained to reflect what you read in Conan Doyle’s stories.

The house is considered to be of particular historical and architectural interest. It has been renovated to look like a Victorian home. The exterior includes many interesting details of the Victorian era. It has mosaic floor tiles of black and white, black iron railings, and bay windows featuring net curtains.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a short 5-minute walk from the Baker Street Station. It is quite accessible from any of the holiday apartments London.
The museum is usually filled with tourists. The ground floor serves as a shop where you can buy novelty teapots, pipes, deerstalker hats, jewelry, magnifying glasses, and many other items featured in the stories. It also carries books and films about Sherlock Holmes. To maintain the Victoria-era theme, museum assistants are dressed in clothes representing the era.

Holmes’ study is located on the 1st floor overlooking Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes’ armchair sits by the fireplace. Tourists are allowed to sit on the famous chair for photo opportunities. You will also find the detective’s bedroom on this floor.

You will find Dr. Watson’s bedroom on the 2nd floor. You will even see the dear doctor writing on his diary! The duo’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson, also has her room in this area.

Go up to the 3rd floor and you will find waxwork statues of Professor Moriarty and other main characters in the stories.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum was actually a lodging house during Holmes’ time. Nobody knows who actually lived in the house during that particular period. The museum’s curators, however, have done such an excellent job of fixing up the place that you somehow believe that the characters actually lived there.

London is a very interesting place to visit. You can stay in Presidential Apartments Marylebone to make your visit more pleasant and convenient.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Interesting Ways to Enjoy a Sunday in London

There are many interesting things to do in London – even on a Sunday. You can spend your time in serviced apartments Covent Garden or opt to go out and savour London’s remarkable attractions.

What are some of the exciting things you can do in the city on a Sunday?

·         Visit Westminster Abbey.
You can find the impressive Westminster Abbey right at the center of the city. It is a dazzling Gothic church that is steeped in history. All the English monarchs from William the Conqueror’s time have been crowned in this majestic church.
The church is celebrated for its beautiful and breath-taking paintings, statues, murals and stain glass windows.

·         Stroll through the markets.
Many of the city’s fascinating markets remain open even on Sundays. You can visit the Old Spitalfields Market, the city’s oldest market, and soak in the Ye Olde vibe of the 300-year old market.
Camden Market is another charming market found in North London. The market is well-received for its funky and edgy merchandise. If you want to visit a market that is patently different from most, make it a point to go to Camden Market.

·         Watch a film at the Rooftop Cinema Club.
You can have a relaxing Sunday by taking in a classic film in this rooftop cinema. The cinema is well known for showing timeless classics, as well as new movie releases. Londoners often flock to this cinema, especially during summer.

·         Go shopping.
Choose a Sunday to go on a grand shopping spree. Central London is filled with retail shops guaranteed to help you go on a glorious and fruitful shopping binge.
Oxford Circus, with more than 150 retail outlets to its name, is considered one of Europe’s busiest shopping havens.
If you want something more edgy, you can simply hop across to Carnaby Street around the corner. The place was one of the vanguards of the British counterculture movement in the 60s. Living up to its reputation as a hip place, Carnaby Street remains a hub for subversive music and radical fashion.
If you want to experience shopping in a cutting-edge mega mall, you should visit Westfields. The mall is gigantic with more than 300 bars, boutiques, and restaurants.

·         Go on a picnic at Greenwich Park.
If you want to do something more relaxing and laid-back, you can stroll over from one of the serviced apartments Central London to Greenwich Park. The park gives you a breath-taking view of the city from across the river. You can simply immerse yourself in the natural uplifting beauty of the green reserve or choose a spot under a cool shady tree and relax with your favourite book.

London is a bustling city. You will not run out of things to do – even on a Sunday.

Attractions at Trafalgar Square

A large majority of London tourists make it a point to include Trafalgar Square in their itinerary. Put up in 1806, the square stands as a constant reminder and celebration of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory over Napoleon’s army during the Battle of Trafalgar.
Guests at holiday apartments London always drop by the square to enjoy its attractions.
What can you expect to do or see at Trafalgar Square?
Nelson’s Column
Nelson’s Column is one of the foremost attractions of Trafalgar Square. The monument stands at 185 feet to replicate the exact height of HMS Victory’s main mast. HMS Victory was Sir Nelson’s flagship during the famous battle.
Bronze relief casts of cannons and beautiful fountains surround the column to commemorate Sir Nelson’s triumphs at Trafalgar, the Nile, Cape St. Vincent, and Copenhagen.
You will also find other imposing statues in the square including those of General Gordon, Henry Havelock, Charles Napier, and George IV.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is the church of the Admiralty. It also serves as the royal parish church.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields has beautiful elements of Georgian architecture. Corinthian columns support an elliptical ceiling. The building features a Corinthian portico, as well as a steeple that stands a stunning 185 feet in height.
The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the church’s orchestra, as well as Sir Neville Marriner, its renowned conductor, are known to music-lovers all over the world. The orchestra holds noontime concerts and evening performances for music enthusiasts.
Royal Celebrations
Trafalgar Square is a popular venue for royal celebrations and festive events. It is not surprising that the square is always bustling with tourists visiting from all over the world.
During the London Olympics in 2012, the Trafalgar Square served as the centre for many of London’s revelry. Special occasions like St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Chinese New Year, among others are celebrated with much festivity and pomp in the square.
Interesting Places Nearby
You can find quite a number of interesting places to explore around the square. The half mile area around the square, which stretches from Piccadilly Circus all the way to the Covent Garden Market, is fairly bursting with iconic landmarks, historic churches, theaters, eclectic market stalls, and stylish boutiques.
You will not have a difficult time going from place to place around Trafalgar Square. You can stay in one of the Presidential Apartments Marylebone and keep yourself busy for days at the square and its surrounding vicinity.